In many respects, apps have created their very own ecosystems, and these ecosystems are evolving at an intense rate. When apps first came out, they where designed to do things like keep a more organized/customizable calendar, and to provide simple shortcuts to websites. Now, apps like “Layar” bring augmented reality to Google Glass, providing interactive facts and information about the world. Or how about another app called “Cadenza”, (made by Sonation), which allows any musician to be accompanied by a full orchestra. All you do is play your instrument, and the app creates an orchestra to play with you: it learns your progressions, it remembers your style, and it plays with you in real time.
The range of mobile applications is far and wide. There are apps for organization and note taking, drawing and photo editing, finance and business analysis. According to 148Apps.biz there are 1,145,591 active apps as of this month. Recorded in the month of February alone there where 11,449 created. That is 1,145 a day. So what does this mean? Where is the app explosion taking us, and how can we use it to our advantage?
Every day we encounter gaps of free time, and in these gaps it is our conscious choice to decide what we will do with this time. One specific gap is that of our morning commutes. During our commutes some of us prefer the sound of music, some prefer deep thinking, others prefer listening and reading the news. Now, I mean not to narrow our free time to these three choices, but rather attempt to bring forth a few viable and popular options. With that said, the news is the option that we at the Daily Steak are enriching and is the primary focus of this post.
With technology as such a prominent part of our modern lives, we seem to always be searching for new technology that is not only relevant to our daily routine, but will also boost our productivity levels. What we seek are applications for our iPhone and Android devices that provide us with a revolutionary experience, one that eases our workload by optimizing our “free time” and allowing hands-free usage (a favorite for multi-taskers).
Many companies are successful in observing this consumer demand, and have developed applications that satisfy this need; whether it is a to-do application (like Carrot) or a fitness goals application (like Fitbit), there are thousands of innovative apps that almost cater to our every need.
Naturally the next question would be: What else are we looking for?